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Edwards Aquifer Reaches Critically Low Levels
By: Erin Nichols
After being in a drought for four years, water levels in the Edwards Aquifer are reaching an alarming low.
For the second day in a row, water levels at the aquifer have measured below 630 feet.
If levels continue to drop over the next few days, officials would be forced to cut down the amount of water that's pumped out of the aquifer by 40%.
However, according to officials at the San Antonio Water System, those cuts wouldn't affect their customers.
We have lots of other alternatives that we can turn to, said SAWS Spokesperson Anne Hayden.
SAWS collects water from sources like the Trinity and Carrizo Aquifers, as well as Canyon Lake.
The public utility has managed to keep customers within Stage 2 water restrictions; whereas other municipalities may not have those same sources and are under tighter restrictions.
We wouldn't be able to do this if our customers weren't great at conserving, said Hayden.
SAWS officials are confident customers won't see Stage 3 water restrictions in the near future.
The utility offers coupons for water saving landscaping and rebates for irrigation design.
To learn more, go here: http://www.saws.org/Conservation/Outdoor/